I think the actual forge work and blade quality of Wetterling is just as good as Gransfors. I prefer the blade profile of the Wetterlings to the Gransfors. The finish work however is not as good. The Gransfors comes with a near perfect finish and a razor edge. The Wetterling comes with a utility grade finish and a fairly sharp edge.
My opinion is Gransfors is about the best axe you can buy as they come straight from the factory.
Wetterling is nearly as good at half the price from the factory. If you put a few hours into sharpening, polishing, tweaking the axe when you get it, you will end up with a better performing axe (though it still won't be as pretty).
I've sold most of my Gransfors axes but still have a Swedish Carving Axe.
I use mostly the Wetterlings Large Hunting Axe and Swedish Forest Axe.
I love the fiskars axes, plus the things are built like tanks.
mmm Since I had to start sorting out my own firewood a few years back (was previously in South Africa where it doesn't get cold enough) I have had a thing for axes.
Would love to get a Granfors but can't afford the postage
Another problem is finding a new axe in the 3-3.5 lb bracket.
But a couple of years ago Tuatahi (famous for the racing axes) started making work axes which they will customize almost as much as the racing variety
Busy saving up for one but otherwise been sticking to some vintage 3.5lb axes that I got from an elderly gentleman who also taught me that splitting is about skill not force - I still prefer to use an axe for splitting wood as I can keeping going all day.
Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe. I like axes, I mean strangely so, and this one seems to feel right.
Woah, two 'Doug' posts in a row... check outside and make sure we didn't upset some time-space continuum thing.
I have an Estwing camp axe:
I don't use it much, but I'm pretty sure I'll never break it.
I've been using a Fiskars 28" wood splitter for a number of years now. Great tool that has performed well in almost any situation.
Why is the handle on backwards?
I'm ready to spring...
I see a small poll on the back, so maybe they lean it to hammering stakes or something. I think it looks cool but seems kinda useless and unwieldy.
But maybe yer right, might look real natural-like buried in the back of a zombie head. If I had an extra hunerd$183.36 laying around with nothing to do I would get one just to see if it works or not.
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I'm ready to spring...
The Roselli Axe (Kellham) has a couple neat features that make more sense when you think about where the axe is designed to be used. Roselli is from Finland, and the axe is a more traditional style used by the native people in the north of the country. The blade itself has a wider profile than a normal blade so it can be used for splitting as well as normal cutting. The cutout behind the blade allows you to choke up right behind the head with your hand to use it for skinning and butchering game or shaving and carving wood. The rounded shape of the blade allows you to use it ulu style as a large knife. I have a feeling the oddly shaped handle is designed to be easier to control while wearing thick gloves or mittens.
I think it would make an excellent axe for large game hunters (bear, elk, moose, caribou) that would need to butcher in the field and pack out the quarters.
Added this to the collection yesterday
Should fit in the pack (or on the belt) rather nicely.
All the axes I see are very nice, and way nicer than the HF camp axe. But at under $20 that short yellow fiberglass handled thing sees a lot of yard work around my yard. It takes a good edge and the abuse I give it.
I would love one of those premium forged axes.
I'd love a Gransfors, but an Estwing has kept me company for 10 years and felled or trimmed quite a few smaller trees, cleared some trails and campsites just fine. At $30, hard to beat.
I like my Wetterling's 15" Hunting Axe. I just ordered myself the Husqvarna Traditional Multi-Purpose Axe.
Here is a link to a Dude that does axe and hatchet reviews, I have learned a lot from his reviews. Here he compares the above Husqvarna to the Gold Standard, The Gransfors Bruks Scandinavian Forest Axe.